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Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:35 am
by MattyB
Summer Celtics prevail over 76ers 88-83

Both the Celtics and 76ers were missing a few key summer league guys tonight. Markelle Fultz’s ankle injury robbed us of another Fultz-Tatum showdown. The Celtics were without Abdel Nader, and Jaylen Brown would leave the game after an injury.

Jaylen Brown, fresh off hosting his teen party, looked dominant early on though. He opened the scoring with a nice turnaround post jumper. Then he followed with a three and a monster block at the rim. That was definitely the high point of his night, as he left the game after taking a knee to the thigh. He briefly returned, but the Celtics ultimately pulled him from the game—which is obviously the right call, even if he wanted to play. “Forget it, Jaylen. It’s Summer League.”

It’s no secret Jayson Tatum is a talented scorer. He continues to show off his offensive repertoire, like his crossover against a big man that switched onto him. He made a few of his usual tough shots, but he still struggled a bit in this game. The Sixers did a nice job using their length to challenge his shots too, holding Tatum to just 6/15 shooting. The 76ers pressured him and caused a few turnovers. But in crunch time he showed up. Tatum found Jackson with a nice assist and scored a clutch driving layup in the last minute. ... 6ers-88-83

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:00 am
by MattyB
Are the Celtics good enough now to overthrow Cleveland?

Steve Aschburner: No. I’m not even sure the Celtics as constructed today are good enough to overthrow the 2016-17 Celtics. The players to whom they’ve bid adieu represent several steps backward, with the strides forward from landing Hayward still to be determined. Avery Bradley in particular was a valuable, three-way player for Boston. Three-way? Yes, toting up his offensive, defensive and chemistry contributions. And say what you want about Kelly Olynyk, but he gave the Celtics a combination of size and shooting range that it will miss. All that gnashing of teeth we hear coming out of Cleveland is about the Cavs’ apparent difficulty in narrowing The Finals gap with Golden State, not about Boston or anyone else closing the gap in the East. ... -cavaliers

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:44 am
by MattyB
Bird soars as summer Celtics defeat defending champ Warriors 93-69

With Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Abdel Nader out nursing minor injuries, the start of the summer league playoffs against the Golden State Warriors served as a showcase for some of the unknowns on the Vegas roster. They responded in a 93-69 of the defending champs.

Outside of Tatum, the Celtics drafted three players in the second round: Semi Ojeleye, Jabari Bird, and Kadeem Allen. Ojeleye has looked great in seven games in Utah and Las Vegas. Tonight, he finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds and continued his strong play of defense. With Brad Stevens’ positive comments about Ojeleye’s defensive versatility, he’s more than likely earned himself a contract next season.

Bird made a strong case for one of Boston’s two two-way contracts for next season. He’s not an exceptionally gifted athlete (ahem, sounds like another Bird from Celtics’ history), but he can score from all three levels. He had 17 points on an efficient 8-for-10 shooting. ... us-jackson

Celtics release Jordan Mickey

Per a statement released by the Boston Celtics, Jordan Mickey has been released. This was the next logistical move for the Celtics to make before signing Gordon Hayward.

By making the move prior to July 15, the Celtics save $1.47 million which helps them gain more room under the cap to make the Gordon contract possible. The Avery Bradley trade is already official (his Detroit press conference was last night).

I would imagine the Hayward contract and press conference would happen soon. There have been reports that the press conference would occur back in Boston and the team is currently still wrapping up their Las Vegas League playoffs. So that might have to wait till early next week. ... dan-mickey

Brown enjoys mentor role to Jayson Tatum, young Celtics

LAS VEGAS — Jaylen Brown has slipped into his summer league leadership role not only as a matter of choice, but with ease.

As evidenced by the party he threw Monday night for his fellow summer leaguers — anyone, from any team, interested in a night of legal under-21 fun — Brown envisions himself in a role at the head of the pack.

Eventually, as he and rookie teammate Jayson Tatum mature under the protective wing of their more experienced teammates, that role will emerge with the Celtics. ... ng_celtics

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:10 am
by MattyB
Celtics: Ojeleye, Nader sign; Jackson Waived; #SummerCs wrap

The C's had their run in Vegas come to an end, but the team has plenty to be excited about after an impressive week:

The Celtics have signed rookie forward @AbdelNader2:

Boston #Celtics to waive point guard Demetrius Jackson, by @JaredWeissNBA:

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:46 am
by MattyB
Paul Pierce will retire in green:

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:57 am
by MattyB
Celtics officially introduce Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes

The Boston Celtics officially introduced Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes this afternoon, two more of the team’s very busy off-season acquisitions. The former was traded for long-time Celtic Avery Bradley, and the latter signed in free agency for the RME. Both played together in Detroit last year and profile as immediate and meaningful contributors.

Baynes is a bruising, traditional center. Morris a barrel-chested combo forward. Each half of the duo expressed an enthusiasm for being able to play together again. Both are expected to add some much needed physicality to Boston’s roster. Morris indicated as much during his introductory conference call, describing his innate toughness. ... ron-baynes

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:36 am
by MattyB
Celtics’ Morris Hilariously Reacts To Irving’s Trade Request

NBA rumors have subdued since the start of free agency, but that changed in a hurry thanks to shocking news coming out of Cleveland on Friday. Kyrie Irving reportedly has requested a trade from the Cavaliers, as the star point guard appears to be tired of being in LeBron James‘ shadow. Irving allegedly has a short list of teams he’d like to play for, which includes the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat. New Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris doesn’t appear to care where Irving winds up, with one exception.

Read more at: ... e-request/

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 6:39 am
by MattyB
Ainge becomes #drivebydunkchallenge's latest victim: ... est-victim

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:09 am
by MattyB
Gordon Hayward opens up on process of choosing the Celtics

Gordon Hayward and his family emerged from the plane in the terminal in Boston. Fresh off a visit with the Miami Heat where he received a police escort swooping him off the runway to the hotel where meetings awaited him, he saw Brad Stevens waiting like a chauffeur.

Stevens went to pick up Hayward with assistant coach Micah Shrewsberry. That was the first time Hayward described Boston as “different,” setting the stage for a “gut feeling” that would sway him away from returning to the Jazz and toward the Celtics. That, the familiarity factor with Celts personnel, the talent influx in the western conference, among many other factors weighed into Hayward’s final decision on July 4.

In this week’s episode of The Woj Podcast, Hayward commentated on every step of the multi-week free agency process that brought him from San Diego to Miami to Boston and back (note: this article pulls extensively from that interview and you are encouraged to go listen to the podcast to hear Gordon’s words for yourself). The travel didn’t shake him as much as the rampant drama of decision day, with texts from everybody involved flowing before news of his decision leaked. Hayward expressed that he wasn’t going to extend the process beyond the fourth, out of courtesy to the teams, and before his mind was set he looked online to see a frenzy.

Read more: ... tah-isaiah

Re: Celtics: Running Thread

PostPosted: Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:54 am
by MattyB
Griffin includes Celtics on Kyrie Irving’s list of desired teams

When news broke about Kyrie Irving’s trade request from the Cleveland Cavaliers, the San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, and Minnesota Timberwolves were reported as teams on the point guard’s list of desired destinations. The Boston Celtics were considered a possibility due to their large assortment of assets, but they weren’t known as a desired destination for Irving, until now.

David Griffin, ex-General Manager for the Cavaliers went on ESPN’s “The Jump” to make his first public comments since leaving Cleveland a few days before the NBA Draft. On the show he spoke of the Irving situation, and mentioned the Celtics more than once in reference to a trade. ... ired-teams